Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island. It divided from India 60 million years ago and since then has been sailing across the Indian Ocean back to Africa, its distinctive wildlife evolving in isolation. [See Madagascar itinerary ideas]
The result of this seclusion is an extraordinary mix of animals, up to 85 per cent of which is found in Madagascar alone. Here you can see the worlds largest chameleon - and the world's smallest if you're lucky - colourful frogs and lizards, magnificent tropical birds and of course, Madagascar's most famous residents, the lemur, of which there are over 50 species.
With rainforest to the east, deciduous forest to the west and highlands in between, this fabulous island nation is one of the world's key conservation projects. Baobab trees are another distinctive sight. As such, Madagascar travel plans are often focussed on the country's impressive national parks and nature reserves.
Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.
We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.
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Antananarivo is Madagascar's hillside capital. Looking across the highland plains, the city reaches a summit of 2,643 metres - so you'll keep fit exploring it. You might be tempted to hail one of the white 2CV and Renault 5 taxis one in a while, the most obvious …
Beaches & Islands
Madagascar is fringed with a number of smaller tropical islands. Holidays to Madagascar, so dominated by trekking and wildlife watching, always benefit from a few lazy days on a beach, toes dipped into the clear and warm waters.
Madagascar National Parks & Reserves
Madagascar, described as ‘Noah's Ark adrift in the Indian Ocean', is home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna, the majority of which is endemic to Madagascar alone. The country's special species are best seen in the national parks and wildlife reserves, of which …
Nosy Be, an island five miles off the northwest coast, is Madagascar's chief beach resort. Beautiful white beaches and seas of vivid blues surround Nosy Be and its smaller neighbours.
Itinerary ideas 
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Madagascar. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Lemurs of Madagascar
Having drifted away from the African mainland many millions of years ago, Madagascar has evolved along its own unique path, and more than 80% of its flora and …
Just off Africa's east coast lies Madagascar, a land of arid desert, tropical rainforest and mist-shrouded mountains - best known for its peculiar wildlife, …
Places to stay 
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Madagascar. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Madagascar, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Isalo Rock Lodge, Madagascar
Set in a wonderful location, high up in southwest Madagascar's beautiful Sandstone Mountains, Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern, luxurious retreat with magnificent …
Les Dunes d’Ifaty, Madagascar
A combination of charming villas and deluxe rooms overlooking the Mozambique Channel, 27 kilometres north of Tulear make up the wonderful Les Dunes d'Ifaty …
Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar
The Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina is an idyllic private-island resort just off Madagascar's northwest coast. With three secluded white-sand beaches, lush …